Turn of the (last) century illustrator Charles Henry White is the focus a 2 part essay (part one here, part two here) of pro illustrator Paul Giambarba's 100 Years of Illustration blog this month.
On etching in public in NYC:
"If there is anything the artist need fear in New York it is rather too much kindness than the contrary. Everyone in the neighborhood is interested and kindly disposed towards him, from Casey the [cop,] who occasionally stops on his beat with a word of encouragement, and a little well chosen profanity -- accentuated by a prod or two from his night-stick to scatter the crowd -- to little Tommy Sullivan, who rushes to the drinking-water fountain a block away to replenish your water-bottle."
Thanks, Paul, for sharing these images!